Wednesday, December 5, 2012
District 6 Councilman Alex Wan introduces legislation supporting marriage equality.
During the same Monday meeting in which it controversially voted to give itself a more than 50 percent pay raise, the Atlanta City Council tackled another hot topic by approving a resolution to support marriage equality. District 6 Councilman Alex Wan introduced the legislation and the resolution passed by an 11-2 vote with councilmembers Howard Shook and C.T. Martin voting against. Since the state has in place a constitutional ban on marriage equality, the resolution is expected to have almost no legal impact in Georgia. But it certainly caused celebration in certain portions of the gay-friendly communities of Midtown, Virginia-Highland, and Morningside that Wan represents. On his Facebook page Monday evening, Wan posted: "Proud to share …
Thursday, June 14, 2012
Wan said there will be no water rate increases for the next four years
City councilman Alex Wan updated Morningside residents this week on the state of the water and sewer system in Atlanta. Wan said water rates will “absolutely” not increase in the next four years and updated residents about government-mandated work on the city’s water and sewer system. His report was part of an update to Morningside residents at the annual meeting of the neighborhood association. Elected officials are asked to attend these yearly meetings to keep residents up to date on city and countywide issues. Watch the video above to hear Wan’s comments. Come join the rest of the VaHi-Druid Hills Patch fans on Facebook! It's Patch and Facebook together. Doesn't get much better than that.
Wednesday, May 23, 2012
Extended enforcement hours and overnight parking fee still being considered
City Councilman Alex Wan told residents this week proposed legislation to extend parking enforcement to include Sunday is off the table. There is still discussion to extend the enforcement hours from 10 p.m. to midnight and to charge an overnight parking fee of $2 in some areas. “I think there’s going to be a big fight on our hands,” Wan said. Councilman Kwanza Hall told Poncey-Highland residents last week he would rather end the contract than continue on with this “bad deal.” To get out of the contract, the city would need to pay PARKAtlanta about $8 million for each year left on the contract, according to Wan. The contract would expire in about two-and-a-half years. “It’s just a really sticky situation,” Wan told residents Monday night. …
Tuesday, February 14, 2012
Early voting is underway in Georgia for next month's primary election. Atlanta residents will also be voting whether to renew a 1-percent Municipal Option Sales Tax.
Tuesday, December 6, 2011
The Atlanta City Council had been considering splitting the community into two districts under a previous proposal.
Virginia-Highland and the Atlanta portion of Druid Hills would remain in Atlanta City Councilman Alex Wan’s District 6 under the latest map being considered by the council in its redistricting effort. Under a previous map being considered, the communities would have been split between Wan’s district and District 2, currently represented by Kwanza Hall. “This map has pretty solid support across the council, and I can’t envision a scenario where any other map will be developed or proposed,” Wan said. “This is as solid a solution as we’re going to get.” Hall said the council needs to adhere to the guidelines of the Voting Rights Act of 1965, which he said "prevents historically black voting districts from being diluted in terms of their …
Thursday, September 8, 2011
Councilman Alex Wan votes for it
Atlanta residents will get the chance to have their say on Sunday alcohol sales this November. The Atlanta City Council on Tuesday voted 9-2 for the measure, which lets voters decide if they will authorize the city council to allow and regulate Sunday sales of beer, wine and liquor. The question — Ordinance #11-O-1169 — will be placed on the Nov. 8, 2011 City of Atlanta Special Election ballot. That ballot also would include the referendum to continue the extension of the the penny sales tax by Atlanta Public Schools and to fill the vacant Atlanta Board of Education District 2 seat. Councilman Alex Wan, who represents the neighborhoods that comprise Virginia-Highland-Druid Hills Patch, voted in favor of the measure. Natalyn Archibong, …